So how long do I perceive it will REALLY take to grow out my hair out to thick and healthy waist length?
|Showing the chunky portion on my twist.|
Although I am a couple inches past mid-back length, I believe it will take me at least 2.5-3 years to really achieve my natural hair density at WL. I would say that is about 15-18 inches of healthy new growth. I am very hesitant about using any heat anytime soon because I haven't really researched enough on how to properly apply heat to my hair without risking irreparable damage. I guess within the proposed time frame, I should have plenty of time to figure out and learn the proper technique of flat ironing my natural hair. As for now, I am trying to get to waist length with the heat damaged hair intact as long as I keep up with my protective styling. Once I get to waist length, I will enter into maintenance mode which I plan on trimming at least an inch of my hair every 3 months to slowly chop away the damaged hair. I will explain my maintenance plan in a later post.
|A little over 1 year of new growth. Approximately 6-7 inches stretched.|
In the future, I will track the progress of my healthy new growth by doing comparisons against the pictures above. I predict that by the end of the 6 month protective styling challenge, I will have grown 3 more inches of thick healthy new growth. :-)
My questions to you are:
- Have you experienced any heat damage of any kind?
- What are you doing to combat that? Protein treatments? Protective styling? Chopping damaged ends?
- Any tips on properly applying heat to hair?
- Do you have a favorite heat protectant?
Thanks for reading and following my journey!
Take care and BE.YOU.Always!